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Don't buy this!,
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This review is from: Lonely Planet Great Britain (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
Compared to what I expected from Lonely Planet this guidebook is an absolute disaster. You only get the standard information you can obtain from any guidebook on the market.
The sights are not at all rated - the recommendation is usually just the biggest sight in town. To my liking, this biggest sight was often quite poor, and some smaller hidden sights were the real attractions. It was really disappointing to pay 20 pounds for a so-called must-see, when the actual must-see was right next door, and was for free or very cheap. Very often it was a waste of time and money to go to the sights Lonely Planet recommended.
I had this experience not only in one town, but in several. The worst experience in this regard was Stratford-upon-Avon a Lonely Planet must-see and part of the Best-of-Britain, even though there is hardly anything Shakespearean left to see. If I buy Lonely Planet, I want to be cautioned against over-priced and boring sights and not guided to them. Obviously tastes differ, but a more detailed description than 'This sight is so awesome and everybody should see it' would make it possible to choose the sights to your liking.
Apart from that, a lot of the information about travelling in general was quite poor, often out of date (guided tour on saturday instead of sunday etc) or incomplete. The information you could find via google or tripadvisor was far better - like the far cheaper entrance fee to Blenheim Palace if you bought the ticket on the bus (something even the people working at the ticket booth in Blenheim Palace did not know).
Also, the witty style I know from older Lonely Planets got totally lost - now this is just another Mainstream guidebook.